History & Timeline
Founded by Sabrina Evertt in 2006 as Twenty Something Theatre, the original mandate was to produce contemporary theatre that was provocative, edgy, and relevant to its namesake generation. For over a decade, Twenty Something Theatre provided Vancouver's emerging artists and young professionals with opportunities to hone their craft and enhanced the local theatre community with productions that entertained and evoked the lives of young people today. Brian Cochrane was the Associate Artistic Director from 2013 - 2016, and as of 2016, Julie McIsaac joined the team as Artistic Associate.
2006 - Inaugural production of This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan
2007 - The Shape of Things by Neil Labute featuring emerging artists Julie McIsaac and Joel Sturrock in the lead roles.
2008 - Introduced the Spotlight Series featuring emerging artist Kirsten Kilburn starring in The Fever by Wallace Shawn; Suburbia by Eric Bogosian
2009 - Spotlight Series featured emerging artist, Fay Nass, directing Anne Frank Is In My Dreams by Canadian playwright Lee Cookson; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love by Canadian playwright Brad Fraser
2010 - Spotlight Series featured emerging playwright Sean Minogue's first play Prodigals in a workshop production after a one-year development period; 5th anniversary production of the Western Canadian premiere of Blue Surge by Rebecca Gilman
2011 - Spotlight Series featured emerging artist Troy Anthony Young starring in Nocturne by Adam Rapp; World Premiere of Prodigals, a new play by Vancouver playwright Sean Minogue; Tough! by Canadian playwright George F. Walker
2012 - Spotlight Series featured emerging artist Catriona Leger directing The Bomb-itty of Errors. The production received 4 Jessie Richardson nominations (including Outstanding Production) and 2 awards
2013 - World Premiere of Us & Everything We Own, a new play by Canadian playwright Sean Minogue; Western Canadian premiere of Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam which received a Jessie Richardson nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role and Brian was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director.
2014 - The Bomb-itty of Errors was remounted and presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company and then toured to the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC; Spotlight Series featured emerging playwright Julie McIsaac's first play, The Out Vigil, in a workshop production after a one-year development period; Wide Awake Hearts by Canadian playwright Brendan Gall
2015 - Western Canadian premiere of Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley. The production received 3 Jessie Richardson nominations and 1 award for Outstanding Movement Direction & Choreography; 52 Pick-up by Canadian playwright TJ Dawe
2016 - 10th anniversary season culminated with the World Premiere of The Out Vigil by Vancouver playwright Julie McIsaac, presented by the Firehall Arts Centre. The production received 5 Jessie Richardson nominations (including Outstanding Production) and won 2 awards